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Juneteenth celebration held at Battlefield Park

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many African American families are coming together to remember Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

It is commonly called Juneteenth.

One celebration this weekend was held Saturday at Battlefield Park.

The event marks the news of the end of the Civil War and the freedom of the enslaved.

On June 19th 1865 Union Soldiers landed in Texas and began spreading the information throughout the south.

Children played at the park and were told the story of importance of the celebration.

Jackson fire and police were also there to offer safety tips.

Entertainment included gospel and blues performances.

"Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration for the end of slavery in America. This is a festival that's been going on for 148 years. It started in Galveston Texas and is now spreading all over America," said Festival Coordinator William Sabree.

Juneteenth celebrations began when slaves learned they were free more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Organizers hope to make this an annual event at the park.

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